Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Birthday celebration


Katie here.

Guess what, guess what, guess WHAT?? This was my birthday week! I turned fourteen on Tuesday, and since no one made any big deal about it I decided that I’d extend it to the whole week.

Wanna come on my birthday walk with me?

The better to give mama and daddy a chance to make me a cake. Or something.

But here it is Friday night and so far no signs of any cake. Or ice cream for that matter. No presents either, unless you count the little goodie bag my groomer gave me for Christmas.

We had a pretty day with some sunshine.

Oh yes, you heard me right. The groomer. Mama actually scheduled a spa day during my birthday week! Obviously mama doesn’t know me very well. Some doggies might like going to the spa and getting a bunch of attention and all gussied up and stuff.

I, however, am not one of those doggies.

I hate getting wet, and in case you’re not aware, a spa day involves a bath. Which is definitely wet. And I don’t like getting brushed either, and there’s a whole lot of that at spa day. And don’t get me started on nails. I double hate getting my nails trimmed.

The groomer puts these bows in my furs. I don’t know, I think they’re sort of silly.

So all in all, spa day is not my cup of tea. I’d have liked a camping trip in the woods and lots of sniffage on my birthday. And if I’m honest mama did try. She took me to one of my parks on Tuesday and we walked almost a mile up and down the hills and she let me sniff as much as I wanted.

There were lots of hills. We were either going up or down all the time.

Toward the end she even carried me up the biggest hill. She says I need to lose a pound or two. I did not point out that perhaps the extra heft was her own.


Anyway, most of the pictures in this post are from my birthday at my park. We had a good time, mama and me. We always do when we’re in the woods together.

I don’t mind going DOWN the hills at all.

Mama said she had ordered snow for my birthday but it didn’t arrive on time. She said something about the post office being messed up. Personally I think maybe she ordered it late, mama doesn’t always have the best sense of time you know.

But that’s OK, because you can guess what eventually showed up!

He mama! Look, it’s SNOW!

Yes, my snow arrived, and it was just the right amount, not too much that she had to shovel my poop room, but enough that it was fun to walk around. Mama and I stopped at a little dog park to walk in the snow before I got dropped off at my groomer’s house.

We had the dog park all to ourselves, so I tried out the equipment.

I didn’t know, when we were at the park, that I was headed for a bath. So I had a real good time wandering around. No one else was there, so mama and I got to run around, I even chased an old tennis ball she found.

But mostly I’d like to point out that mama did not get me anything for my birthday. So I’m wondering what you guys think I should do. I’ve seen her wrapping presents for Christmas, and I checked the other night and I don’t see anything for me in that stack either.

I don’t know how to look much cuter!

Should I go on strike? Should I whine and pant and make her go outside and then inside and then outside again all day every day until she makes amends? I’m very good at that, but I’m concerned that she won’t realze I’m trying to make a point, cause I do that every day anyway.

I want to come inside RIGHT NOW!

So I leave it up to you, my fans, to give me good ideas. What should I do to make mama take me to the store and let me pick out something for myself? I’m sure if we all put our heads together we can come up with a stupendous plan!

You’ve got some good ideas, right?

PS: This got posted late tonight because I had to wait till mama went to bed to get on her laptop. She’s always on that thing, plus I don’t want her to know I’m complaining. Never complain about the hand that feeds you and all that.

I can’t believe she took a picture of this oak leaf stuck on my cute behind.

Am I right? I know I am.

Talk later, your birthday girl Katie.

Mama DID make me frozen banana treats for my birthday. I guess she’s not all bad.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

34 thoughts on “Birthday celebration

  1. Yay! Happy birthday, Katie! You still look like a sweet puppy ❤


  2. Katie has her own poop room? Wow! Any princess that privileged can’t possibly be in need of anything else!


  3. Happy, happy, beautiful girl. Sounds like you had a splendid birthday, not counting the trip to the spa. What better present for a Sheltie than snow to dash in?


  4. Katie–you are adorable. And funny, too! Looks like your mama gave you some pretty cool presents–well, except for the spa day. But you do look pretty–even with those bows in your furs! Hey–the week is not over yet, so make sure to keep the party going!!


  5. Happy birthday, Katie 🎉🥳 Best plan is to break into the Xmas gifts under the tree & claim them as your own 😈


  6. Happy Birthday Katie.


  7. Katie, can you HOWL? One picture looks like it, and that made me laugh. Sorry! I think every day of your life is birthday and Christmas wrapped up in one, don’t you? Really now?


    • Oh yes, Miss Pamela. I can howl with the best of them. In fact I might BE the best howler mama has ever seen. I bark the first couple times I’m asking but if I don’t get what I want right away I can put up a terrible noise likes to wake up the neighbors. That always gets her in gear. Remind me to tell you about the time mama was in the hospital in Alabama and I had a sleepover at the neighbor’s house. Yep. They probably won’t invite me again. Just saying.


  8. Katie, there IS something for you under your tree.


  9. Hey Katie, tell your mum to take you on a short shopping trip. Most of the Christmas stuff is in sale now, you might find some great stuff. You could go on a virtual shopping trip.


  10. Happy Birthday Week, Princess! I’m sorry, but I like the cute bows your groomer found for your ears as well as the leaf stuck to your furs (that reminds me of Dallas, who always got leaves — and snowballs — stuck to his furs!) Yes, you should definitely demand presents. Lots of them. A princess doesn’t turn 14 every day of the week, so if I were you, I’d milk it for all that’s possible! If your mama orders from Amazon, she could get them in a quick turnaround, and they could join the Christmas presents that I’m sure she’s already wrapped and placed beneath the tree for you!


    • Yep, leaves and snowballs stick to us shelties like glue! Mama shouldn’t be focused on my behind though, she should be looking for that million dollar shot of my beautiful face. She’s not the best portrait photographer. I may need to add another one to my entourage, someone with more celebrity experience.

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  11. Happy Birthday, sweet Katie! I think you should celebrate your special day for the whole month! I know you enjoyed the frozen banana treats and running around in your birthday snow!

    Yes, going to the groomer is not fun, but being a princess, you must always look your best. Most people have no idea how much upkeep is involved in always be photo ready!

    Silly girl! There are no presents under the tree for you because Santa has not visited your house yet. He is scheduled to stop by Thursday night. Make sure mama leaves milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeers!

    I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! 🎄


    • Come to think of it, you may be right, Miss Denise! Of course that’s why there’s no gifts for me yet. Santa hasn’t been here yet! I feel so much better. I think, though, mama might have a hard time leaving cookies out for Santa cause if she sees them she’ll eat them! Daddy too. I might be in trouble if Santa doesn’t get his cookies.


  12. Hi Katie! My Mom would also have taken that photo! You know what I would do to get more prezzies? Poop in the house! Wait…maybe that’s NOT a good idea but it’s the only thing I know since I’m only 13 weeks old. Love, Levi


    • Well Little Levi, coming from a place of more experience I’m pretty sure if I poop in the house I will NOT get more presents. Or treats. But since it’s been so many years since I tried that, I can’t be really sure. You let me know how it works out and I’ll consider if it should be part of my strategy.


  13. It’s always lovely to celebrate a birthday for a whole week! You might as well continue for the rest of December, do you think?


  14. Happy Birthday week Miss Katie! What a wonderful way to celebrate by getting a little snow, and visiting some parks! I don’t blame you with spa day, not exactly a present but it sure makes you look BEAUTIFUL!! Hope your mama has a special something under the Christmas tree for you! ❤️🌲


  15. You should make a list of all the things you want so she is prepared for next year…maybe sighing and putting your head on her knee would work to get a few special treats! Happy Birthday Girl!


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